Ringo Starr Once Quit The Beatles, Temporarily
And this happened a while before they officially broke up.
There’s no denying that Ringo Starr was the most adorable of The Beatles. He was cute, kind-hearted, and just lovable. However, during his time at The Beatles, he had a few insecurities too. And this one time, it got too much for him to bear, so he decided to quit The Beatles! Here’s why he quit the band temporarily, and how the rest of the members brought him back.
Why did Ringo leave the Beatles?
We all remember that comment when John Lennon said that Ringo Starr “isn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles”. But, over the years, Ringo started to feel left out. After recording Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album, he felt doubtful of his talents. Moreover, he felt left out of the band as well. In The Beatle’s Anthology documentary, Ringo Starr said:
I felt I wasn’t playing great, and I also felt that the other three were really happy and I was an outsider. (So) I went to see John [Lennon], who had been living in my apartment in Montagu Square with Yoko [Ono] since he moved out of Kenwood. I said, ‘I’m leaving the group because I’m not playing well and I feel unloved and out of it, and you three are really close.’ And John said, ‘I thought it was you three!’ So then I went over to Paul [McCartney]‘s and knocked on his door. I said the same thing: ‘I’m leaving the band. I feel you three guys are really close and I’m out of it.’ And Paul said, ‘I thought it was you three!’
That was Ringo Starr finally said “[email protected]#k it, I’m off” and temporarily quit The Beatles during a recording session of the White Album. Of course, nothing got leaked to the press, otherwise, the papers would have had a field day. So, Ringo sailed to the Greek island of Sardina on his friend’s yacht, but he didn’t just sleep and drink on it. He wrote “Octopus’s Garden” there, which featured in the Abbey Road album. However, things weren’t so rosy back home without Ringo.
How did the rest of The Beatles bring him back?
Keeping the jokes aside, Ringo was indeed the glue that kept the band together. While he was gone, Paul McCartney took charge of the drum kit and recorded “Back in the U.S.S.R.”. However, they soon realized they needed Ringo back badly. They wrote him telegrams, saying:
You’re the best rock ‘n’ roll drummer in the world. Come on home, we love you.
Since Ringo Starr really loved the rest of the Fab Four, he promptly returned by September 4th, just in time for the video shoot of Hey Jude and Revolution. George Harrison was so happy that he decorated his drum kit with flowers that spelled out, “Welcome Back, Ringo”.
This indeed is a feel-good story about Ringo Starr and the Beatles. However, there’s no doubt that events like these culminated into the ultimate breakup that is still talked about today. It’s these resentments over their talents and dynamic in the band that caused all the infighting and the breakup.